Sounding Lines

Artist Name(s) Claire Halpin & Maree Hensey
Artwork title Sounding Lines
Context/Background Sounding Lines was a collaborative visual art project by Claire Halpin and Maree Hensey which encouraged participants to navigate and encounter the River Suir in an innovative and unexpected way. Communities experienced a heightened awareness and reverence for the river as a unique historical, cultural and ecological natural resource and experienced a strong connectivity to the River Suir through sound and visuals.

The artists engaged with local schools, local Day Care Centre, the Workman’s Boat Club, Suir Dragon Paddlers and local fishermen through workshops, meetings and creative engagement. The year long project concluded with a multimedia artwork trail along the towpath at Kilsheelan, Co.Tipperary. This one day event gave participants the opportunity to experience artworks from the community workshops, sound recordings from the natural environment of the river, oral recordings, archival recordings, video projections, installations, and artworks that evolved from Maree and Claire’s creative collaboration installed in the natural and built environment of the riverbank. 

The artists made a conscious decision to exhibit the work in a non-traditional gallery setting bringing the artworks back to their source and allowing and promoting accessibility and legacy for those who would not ordinarily visit galleries or engage in contemporary art.

Over 100 intergenerational visitors from the locality and beyond the county participated in the event including local community, walking groups, pupils from local schools, local council, fishing groups, rowing club etc. All interacted with the artworks along the towpath at the listening points, viewing points, in the fisherman’s huts and historic boat houses as they walked the 2.5 km enjoying the natural landscape of the River  Suir and its surrounding environment.

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioning process Public Tender
Project commission dates September 30, 2013 - August 30, 2014
Partners South Tipperary County Council Arts Service and  part of an INTERREG IVB programme entitled Green and Blue Futures. South Tipperary County Council is one of the partners of this European Partnership Project
Artform Visual Arts,Other
Art Practice Arts Participation
Funded By South Tipperary County Council,European Funding
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
Project commission start date 30/09/2013
Project commission end date 30/08/2014
Location Kilsheelan, Cahir and Clonmel Public event- Kilsheelan
County Tipperary
Content contributor(s) Sally O'Leary, editor and Melanie Scott, Arts Officer, Tipperary County Council



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